As many dramatic stories unfold around the globe every day, the plight of Ukraine, while still being reported, no longer holds the top billing. You may think that means that the situation is no longer tense and prayers are no longer needed. That is not true! Our brothers and sisters in that vast country need us to stand with them before the Throne of Thrones.
There is a story that is not being reported on the national news. The real story. While troops prepare to fight a worldly enemy, many people are doing unseen battle, the most important battle. On their knees.
My missionary friend in Kiev told me, “I have never seen people in Ukraine so hungry to know God and to read the Bible.” Truckloads of Bibles are being hauled in to the center of the city daily (the EuroMaidan or Independence Square area where the demonstrations began on Nov. 21). One pastor reported that 5,000 Bibles are being distributed every day, with people still standing in line when the day’s shipment is gone. Not only are Bibles handed out, but the goal is to talk personally with each person who receives a copy. Men, women, and children are being drawn to Jesus as He is lifted up and His love displayed in His followers. Could this be a spiritual revival?
Prayer movements are springing up all over the country and on college campuses. Literally thousands of churches are calling their people to repentance and prayer. People are publicly humbling themselves before God and crying out to Him. To the only One who can save them.
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14
Even if God chooses not to intervene (and that is His prerogative), He will be glorified. And He is being glorified now by the response of His people.
Many commentators are quick to point out that the Ukrainian army is miniscule compared to the mighty Russian army. In their mere 20 years of freedom from under Soviet domination, they haven’t had time to develop a strong enough defense. There’s a sense that what’s happening is inevitable and there’s no way to stop it.
Citizens of neighboring countries, the other former Soviet republics and the former Eastern Bloc, brace themselves, remembering recent European history. Is it déjà vu all over again? Nation after nation simply caved in rather than fight Hitler; after the war, Stalin rolled in and took over, without much resistance. Watching Crimea being usurped, they probably wonder, “Who’s next?”
But God is doing something in Ukraine! Something that can’t be explained away by political analysts. Something that defies human explanation.
Is the God of the Universe bound by mere numbers? By what has happened before? Of course not!
Please, continue to pray . . .